Discovery of 1869 card generating national attention

A 72-year-old California woman has turned her recent find of a rare baseball card into quite a bit of national media attention, including a scheduled appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” next week. She’s also hoping the attention helps her hit the jackpot when she sells the card in the coming weeks.

Bernice Gallego, who owns an antique shop in Fresno, found a card of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional team in the U.S. She initially put a price tag of $10 on the card and listed it on eBay. She pulled it from auction after realizing it could be worth much more when someone asked her to end the auction immediately.

The front of the card features a photographic print of the entire team. The reverse features a red-and-white advertisement for Peck & Snyder, a New York sports equipment manufacturer. Experts at PSA say the card is authentic and the team photo is relatively unscathed. Its actual value could be worth more than $100,000.

Gallego and her husband still can’t say for certain how they got the card, but believe it was in the contents of a storage space they bought a few years ago. “It’s a little card I found in a bunch of stuff,” she said. Plans have yet to be announced as to how or when she will sell the card.

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